Windows is chock full of handy-dandy power tools, but most of them are hidden from everyday view. These are the ones you need to know about.
This free app lets you leave your phone in your pocket or bag, and check on notifications and messages just by glancing at your desktop display.
There are a lot of apps and services that will help you, but getting a rough idea of your finances is incredibly simple using a basic spreadsheet. Follow reporter Nick Barber on Twitter @nickjb
FreeNAS can breathe new life into old hardware and sling files and media to networked devices all around your house.
Need to summarize a set of worksheets? Excel's 3D reference feature makes it easy.
Virtual machines are usually restricted to a single box, but Portable VirtualBox lets you install VMs on a flash drive so you can run your PC-in-a-PC on any PC.
You don't need to buy a utility suite. You just need what Microsoft brought to the party, plus a couple of freebies, to keep Windows humming along.
You can keep your PC in ship-shape by scheduling driver updates, backups and more using Windows' own utilities, plus some other (mostly) free software.
Set up gestures, make taps fly in and out of nowhere, and add some extra functionality to Android for free.